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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 19, 2014 8:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 67: GD second only to the Airplane in national popularity?

That's always hard to get the head around. It had to have an impact on how the band was perceived in the very early years. Much greasier and more edgy, dangerous and biker/outlaw than we tend to think of it now.

The whole hippie phenom felt dangerous at the time. I know that from my own memories as a kid; the sense I got from my parents and the media (I probably saw that Time mag, since we got Time) was of the world careening towards the unknown. It wasn't all love and peace; it was that plus Biker/Outlaws plus Maybe a Revolution Soon. The notion of "hippie" softened into a kind of fuzzy tie-dyed thing over the decades, and certainly by the 80s there was zero sense that Deadhead Land would threaten the status quo or somehow connect to a revolution; it was an alternative, not a threat. But it definitely wasn't experienced as heavy on sweetness in the '60s, and the biker/outlaw element that Pig represented was a big part of it. Cue "Born to Be Wild" :-)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 20, 2014 5:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 67: GD second only to the Airplane in national popularity?

GoP, poster and general all around old fart and good guy makes this point whenever he's not touting how great the HtoH of 8-6-71 is (and he's right). And, as I keep saying, that was defn how my brothers viewed the band, and partly, why I think they were dismissive. Pig really doesn't fit with flowers and drugs (and said so himself).

Also, know of what you speak; ie, what was it all about? It was partly good (the war is bad; free speech is good; authority is to be questioned; etc.), but partly bad (free sex is free but half of us pay more; drugs can be fun, or a bad trip; finding yourself is great, but responsibility has benefits too, etc.).

Of course, in general, social experiments of that sort are not sustainable, but certainly I tend toward viewing them as exceptionally useful for getting us one step forward, eh?

I think in that respect, my brothers DID respect the DEAD--as I've always maintained here, they exude a "do your own thing, don't get caught up in the trivia, or 'causes' and the like" whereas, eg, JA came off as more in your face reactionaries (slap down the pigs, make your parents throw up, etc.).